The Aditya L1 spacecraft, India’s groundbreaking solar observation mission, is on the verge of completing its final phase, according to a statement by ISRO Chairman S Somanath. The spacecraft, which embarked on its journey on September 2 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota, is now poised to enter the Lagrangian point L1, the orbit closest to the Sun, following a remarkable journey of about 1.5 million km over 125 days.
Somanath shared insights during an event at VSSC commemorating the 60th year of the First Sounding Rocket Launch, stating, “Aditya is on the way. I think it has reached almost its final phase.” He went on to detail the ongoing preparations for the spacecraft’s entry into the L1 point, revealing that the conclusive maneuvers are anticipated to be completed by January 7, 2024.
Scheduled for launch in September, the Aditya L1 mission has progressed incrementally, with the last preparations for the crucial entry into the L1 point underway. The spacecraft’s primary objectives include capturing and transmitting scientific experiments through images of the Sun. This milestone marks a significant achievement for ISRO and the Indian space program, underscoring the nation’s commitment to advancing space-based exploration.
As Aditya L1 inches closer to its final maneuvers, the scientific community eagerly anticipates the wealth of data and insights that will emerge from this historic solar observation mission. The successful placement of the spacecraft in a Halo orbit around the Lagrangian point L1 is poised to contribute valuable information to our understanding of the Sun and its dynamic behavior.
Stay tuned as Aditya L1 continues its journey towards the L1 point, promising groundbreaking discoveries that will shape our comprehension of the Sun and advance India’s position in the realm of space exploration.